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2010
CHRISTMAS WEEKEND FESTIVITIES AT BEACHFRONT
Thousands of visitors and locals visited Durban beaches to escape the scotching heat over the Christmas long weekend.
 
The Festive Season Management Committee (FESMAC) has reported that although there was a slight congestion of cars on the roads, the situation was properly managed and this led to the smooth flow of traffic.
 
Over 36168 people visited the beaches, 101 rescues were carried out and 6327 people had to be given first aid for different medical reasons.  No drownings were reported.
 
Twelve people were arrested at the beachfront and eight of them were charged with child molestation.  Adults are urged not to swim at the paddling pools, as only people under the age of 12 years are allowed to swim there.
 
Approximately 18000 armbands have been issued to children coming to the beachfront.  265 Children were separated from their guardians and all, but one have been re-united with their families.  Guardians are being urged to ensure that children are always under adult supervision when swimming at the beaches.
 
One case of a bather assaulting a lifeguard was reported.  Beachgoers are urged to only swim within the designated areas and to co-operate with lifeguards.  FESMAC chairman, Christo Swart, said law enforcement agencies would not hesitate to arrest and charge anybody who fails to do so.
 
Incidents of people braaing on grass verges and parking lots at the beachfront have also been reported.  People are requested to refrain from this practice, as it poses a danger to other people using the facilities.
 
The beachfront is there for everyone to enjoy.  Beach goers are advised to adhere to all the rules and by-laws of the City to ensure a safe and enjoyable festive season for all.
 
For more information contact the Deputy Head of Parks, Leisure and Cemeteries, Christo Swart on 031 311 4370 or email: SwartC@durban.gov.za.
 
Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Unit, contact Vuyo Gwala on 031 311 4838, 073 250 5704 or email gwalav@durban.gov.za.
 
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